Reading and Carolina Dynamo alum tallies goal, 2 assists; Amarikwa nets highlight-reel tally
Former Reading United AC and Carolina Dynamo midfielder Andrew Wenger is off to a fast start in his first season with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.
Wenger played a role in three of Houston’s four first-half goals to lead his side to a lopsided 5-0 victory against FC Dallas on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Wenger first set up a goal by 2007 PDL Defender of the Year David Horst in the sixth minute, assisted Ricardo Clark’s 23rd-minute score and then pushed the Dynamo lead to 4-0 with his own 27th-minute goal.
The Pennsylvania native was traded from the Philadelphia Union during the offseason and has two goals and two assists in two games in this early stage of the season.
Elsewhere, PDL alum Quincy Amarikwa scored what proved to be the game-winner during the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. His long-distance chip to the upper left corner already has some fans exclaiming MLS Goal of the Year.
“It kind of gives you chills,” Quakes Head Coach Dominic Kinnear said of the winner.
Amarikwa’s tally garnered the No. 1 spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10.
Among other notable performances, LA Galaxy goalkeeper and Ventura County alum Brian Rowe had a seven-save effort, but wound up on the short end of a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick’s Sporing Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Colorado’s Marco Pappa spoiled a stellar effort by Rowe with the game-winner in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, capitalizing on a poor Galaxy clearance.